PhD in Chemistry: Photogating frameworks: Spatially-controlled molecular diffusion in microporous materials

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
Deadline: 27 Sep 2019

Key facts

Applications are invited for a Royal Society-funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in materials and inorganic chemistry.

The project will investigate the use of photoactive crystalline porous materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a platform for nanofluidic devices.

Such materials offer the potential to act as hosts for controlled guest diffusion, in which laser-induced structural changes can direct the flow of guest species.

Being able to study and control the movement of molecules on this scale offers exciting possibilities in the miniaturising of microfluidic devices used for medical diagnostics, sensing, and molecular sorting applications.

This is a new approach that builds on and diverges from the global MOF community into the realm of nanofluidics, offering rich opportunities for strongly motivated graduate students.

You will receive a thorough training in synthetic inorganic photochemistry and porous materials while taking a leading role in establishing this exciting new research program.

The successful applicant will be a highly motivated student with good interpersonal skills, a drive to succeed and readiness to seize the opportunity.

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Consideration is automatic on applying for the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with an October 2019 start date.

In the “Research Proposal and Funding” section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add “PhD in Chemistry: Photogating frameworks: Spatially-controlled molecular diffusion in microporous materials" when asked “Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for”.

Enquiries are welcomed and applications should include a CV and cover letter in the first instance.

Please send these by email directly to Dr Easun .The cover letter should explicitly detail chemical laboratory experience and any previous research experience.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

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